What really motivates employees?

WRITTEN December 17, 2015 Author: Rich Atkins

Motivating Employees

What really motivates employees?

When people are empowered and inspired, they take initiative and even feel a sense of ownership. The Leader’s task is to get them to experience this. Knowing what people really work for is a step toward achieving this goal.

Characteristics of the modern workforce – what they want from their jobs:

  • Opportunities for Training and Development
  • Challenging and meaningful work
  • Collaborative decision making
  • Compensation, when they increase company profits
  • Organizational recognition (versus recognition by leadership)
  • Two-way communication with leadership

Questions to promote thought and propel your organization to a more motivated workforce:

  • What opportunities do I provide for training and development?
  • How do I ensure that the work my employees do is challenging and meaningful?
  • How can I increase collaborative decision making?
  • When an employee increases company profits/saves company money, what can I do to recognize and reward that behavior?
  • What needs to happen to foster greater two-way communication between employees and leaders?


>> See an article on what motivates employees. Found on WSJ.com.

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